So, I was eligible for an upgrade on my Verizon account. I looked at Verizon's site for upgrade options, then looked around a bit on other sites and came across Wirefly, which said they could process my upgrade, and the pnone I wanted would be free (versus close to $100 if I did it through Verizon). Got a notification then the next day that Verizon needed to speak to me directly to authorize the upgrade. I called the number given, and spoke to someone in Verizon's order department, who told me I had upgraded my phone that morning! I did not, and told them so. They still would not authorize the upgrade through Wirefly. They transferred me to "customer care". The representative there was quite pleasant to deal with, and did some research. She told me that Wirefly had put the authorization through that morning, and Verizon had OK'd it. Wirefly then tried to process the upgrade a SECOND time, and the eligibiltiy was declined. Verizon's system now shows an upgrade date two year out. She told me that I had "activated" a new phone that morning. I said I hadn't, and asked what phone I had activated. She told me that her records showed I had an enV touch, and had upgraded to an enV touch that morning. I asked why I'd upgrade to an out-of-date phone that I'd already had for two years and had nothing but problems with, and that likely was no longer available new anyway. She said to call Wirefly back and tell them that Verizon showed they had already authorized my upgrade and ask them to process my order, and that if they would not process my order still, to call Verizon back, and she would re-set my upgrade indicator so that I could upgrade my phone through either Verizon or someone else. I called Wirefly and talked to a representative that barely spoke English, and the words she did know were difficult to understand due to the heavy accent.
Eventually (after asking her to repeat or rephrase things repeatedly) she said their system did not show the order had ever been authorized by Verizon, only declined as Verizon's system now showed I was not eligible for an upgrade for now another two years. They refused to work with Verizon to straighten the mess out, and cancelled my order and basically told me Verizon would need to fix it. I called Verizon back. Got some other guy who told me (again) I wasn't eligbile to upgrade my phone for antoher two years after I explained what had happened to him. I told him the previous Verizon representative had said to call back if I could not get Wirefly to ship out my phone, and that they would re-set my upgrade counter so I could order from elsewhere. He said there was no way to do that, and I had to talk to Wirefly, and they needed to cancel the authorization their system had approved. He claimed that Verizon could not even view where an upgrade authorization had originated (though the woman earlier could tell me that it WAS Wirefly that authorized an upgrade on my account this morning, and what time). I asked how on earth Wirefly's cancelling my order would fix my upgrade eligibility, when their system didn't reflect that they had authorized it to begin with. He claimed, still, that this would somehow work itself out in the next 24 hours. I'll believe it when I see it. Neither company was helpful, with the exception of the second Verizon representative (of three) I spoke to. My problem is still unresolved, and the third Verizon representative told me to call back in 24 hours if it was still showing ineligible for upgrade, BUT that they couldn't do anything about it anyway, Wirefly would need to fix it. And Wirefly claims they never did what Verizon said they did... So. Basically it appears that I'm screwed. IF I ever get this mess straightened out, I will sure as hell never attempt to order anything from Wirefly again.